Along with other celebrities such as Drew Barrymore and Richard Gere, the allure of winemaking has also captured the attention of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Pitt and Jolie have partnered with the winemaking Perrin family and will debut their first wine next month: a rose called Miraval, from their 1,000-acre estate, Chateau Miraval, in Correns, France.
According to Decanter, a leading wine magazine, the property covers an entire valley, with 60ha of old vines, at an altitude of 350m.
The wine, made with organic grapes, is part of a joint venture with the Famille Perrin, which owns Chateau Beaucastel, in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape region of the southern Rhone Valley. The label on the bottle will read “Bottled by Jolie-Pitt and Perrin.”
“We are intimately involved and quite enthused over the wine project with our friends the Perrin family,” Pitt said through his publicist and manager, Cynthia Pett.
According to winemaker Marc Perrin, the Perrin family began producing Miraval’s wines with the 2012 harvest and will handle distribution. The agreement with Pitt and Jolie provides equal sharing of profits.
“If you knew Brad and Angelina, you would see they are in search of perfection in everything,” Perrin said.
Perrin added that the terroir, the freshness that comes from the altitude, and the exposition of the vines are all incredible.
“For us as winemakers, it’s a wonderful opportunity to work with grapes that we know well, in an environment where striving for quality is the most important thing.”
Miraval had previously been produced under the famous rock band name of “Pink Floyd,” because the band recorded its famous album “The Wall” at the chateau’s recording studio, Studio Miraval.
But this vintage will be uniquely different as a result of the stainless steel tanks used for the new rose, producing intense floral, wild lily aromas and brighter flavor notes of strawberry and raspberry.
Last year, Jolie and Pitt invited the Perrins to the estate to discuss a partnership, where they discovered they shared several mutual interests — one being that the estate is organic.
“For us,” says Perrin, “organic is the only way to grow grapes.”
According to Perrin, they “bonded” over bottles that showed off his family’s wine-making style.
“We also tasted a range of Provence roses to understand what the neighbors were doing and to decide what we wanted,” Perrin said.
Brad and Angelina are very friendly, nice people and down to earth,” says Perrin. “They’re thinking long term.”
The new winemaking team will release white wines in the summer and reds in the near future, and according to Decanter, plans are underway to graft some grape varieties like Mourvèdre to its Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah blend, which had been used for the chateau’s red wines.